It’s our heritage

[Mayor Norris and Saltford Brass Mill Chair Tony Coverdale ]

Dozens of historic buildings are set to throw open their doors across Bath and NE Somerset next week.

It’s all part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture, organised by the National Trust, and which gives locals free access to museums, galleries, stately homes, and more.

It’s an opportunity to explore the West of England region’s most impressive buildings – including its hidden gems – right on locals’ doorstep, all without paying a penny.

Mayor Norris and Saltford Brass Mill Chair Tony Coverdale 

Mayor Dan Norris got the opportunity to explore Saltford Brass Mill ahead of the weekend fun.

The 300-year-old mill on the banks of the River Avon is one of 32 heritage sites in Bath and NE Somerset opening their doors for free from Friday 8 September to Sunday 17 September.

Across the West of England region, 56 free events and counting have been planned in the 10-day period.

Other confirmed open events this year include taking a peek at a real-life conservation project at Beckford’s Tower, which is currently closed to the public, and the chance to see exquisite artefacts from the old medieval abbey in Keynsham for the very first time.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “The festival is just around the corner, and it’s such a great way for locals to find out more about the West of England and its rich heritage in a super-fun and creative way.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to see some fantastic historical and cultural sites in Bath and NE Somerset putting on some truly fascinating events this year – over 30 in total, which is impressive!

“So, whether it’s discovering the West’s chocolate-making past in Keynsham, or finding out the real stories of some of Midsomer Norton’s high street heroes, past and present, over at the brilliant Unit 14, there really is something for everyone this year.

“What better time than now for everyone in Bath and NE Somerset, and right across the West of England, to get out and rediscover what makes our amazing region truly special.”

Mayor Norris, Saltford Brass Mill Chair Tony Coverdale and a group of volunteers.

Mayor Norris also heard, like other local attractions, of the major issue facing the Saltford Bras Mill Project which is the need for more volunteers. The Mayor has joined calls for more Bath and NE Somerset locals to step forward and volunteer at local sites.

More places to visit:

  • American Museum and Gardens
  • Roman Baths
  • Durley Hill Cemetery
  • Plus many more

A full list of free events is available on the Heritage Open Days website: